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Updated: Mother Daughter at Starbucks Told to “Go Back to Your Country”

Starbucks Los Alamitos incidentBy Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent

(editor’s note: We updated this story Tuesday morning with comments from Starbucks)

An apparently racist incident Sunday morning  in Los Alamitos near Los Angeles has people talking tonight.

Jay Kusumi-Terukina says she and her daughter were having coffee at Starbucks when a woman screamed at them and said “Go back to your country, you f*cking pigs.”

“You all know that my voice is loud, but this lady went on a tirade of racial slurs and vulgar language on me and my daughter. I was trying to video her, but she came at me,” she said.

Kusumi-Terukina posted her video on social media, but has either since changed the privacy settings or removed it.

In the video previously viewed by AsAmNews, the woman could be heard saying “F*cking b*tch, get the f*ck out of my face.” She then gets up and walks toward Kusumi-Terukina and repeats “Get the f*ck out of my face. Get out of my face, b*tch. Get the f*ck out of here, f*cking whore. F*ck you cunt.”

Kusumi-Terukina then backs away out of trouble.

“This should NEVER happen to anyone!!! They should have REMOVED her from Starbucks,” she wrote on Facebook.

AsAmNews spoke to a shift manager  who told us police were called within 10 minutes. He could not explain why Kusumi-Terukina was not aware of this.  He also described the screaming women as schizophrenic and mentally ill.  He declined to comment further and referred us to a corporate spokesperson. That spokesperson told us the matter is being investigated and promised to get back to us with a statement by the end of the day Tuesday. He failed to keep his promise.

Starbucks has been the scene of several publicized racial incidents ranging from racial slurs and slant eyes being scribbled on coffee cups to describe Asian customers to the racial profiling of Black customers who were asked to leave.  In May this year, the entire chain shut down for racial sensitivity training.

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